The following has been re-posted from Retro Road Classic - i am going to update this thread with progress reports, thanks to everyone who has helped me out so far.
ONCE UPON A TIME ....
Having reached the grand old age of 44, i discovered that my waist line was trying to catch up with my age. In order to remedy this i have started a diet and now i need to exercise. Having ridden in TT's in my much younger days and put in a lot of miles, i decided to visit the attic and bring down my old bike. It is a Raleigh Rapide from 1983 (30yrs old next year), for those who may not know this bike it was in the same catalogue as the Road Ace. I wiped some dust away and decided to put new tyres and tubes on and see if i could get it up and running. I accomplished this after a visit to a local bike shop.
Unfortunately (maybe not), whilst at the bike shop i bought a new bike! The salesman did not have to try too hard and i am getting a good deal on everything (i need absolutely everything). I will get it next Wednesday and i am rather excited about the prospect but that leaves me with a quandry - what about my old bike?
The details are as follows - 1983 Raleigh Rapide Reynolds 531 frame and i have added parts to it - Shimano 600ax brakes (centre/parapull), Shimano 600ax Rear Mech, Shimano 600ax seat post, Concor Profil aero seat, aero gear levers (perhaps carbon - memory is fading) and the wheels are Mavic rims with Mallard hubs the rear has a helicomatic cassette (perhaps it may be called something close to that).
I have all the original parts except the seat (although it may turn up in the attic). The bike originally had Campag front and rear mechs although not top of the range, Weinmann brakes - not aero, Weinmann wheels and hubs. The paintwork requires attention as it has a few scrapes etc from the many miles the bike has travelled and strangely the touch-up paint i used on it has faded to a yellow - the bike is pearl in colour. The other problem is brake hoods - which have turned from their original skin (gum) colour to black! The black colour may be caused my a fungus type organism and will clean off with a lot of elbow grease but the hoods are starting to crack with old age (like me!) and seem difficult to source on line (unless someone knows different).
I want to keep the bike but my quandary is -
Should i restore it to its' original condition?
Should i try and complete the 600ax groupset?
Should i get it resprayed?
Should i leave it as it is? (i do not like this option)
I would like to get some use out of it - perhaps on my turbo trainer and i do not want it gathering dust.
Any advice about my quandary would be greatly appreciated.
I posted this on another forum and was directed here - thanks to the chap who re-directed me.
As i progress with my build i have posted about various topics - this is a list of links to those topics - this may be of use to anyone (newbies like me) doing a build -
- http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... t=#1698617
- http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... t=#1698619
- http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... t=#1718774
- http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... t=#1713625
- http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... t=#1713583
- http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... t=#1720438
- http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... t=#1725035
- http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... sc&start=0
Thanks to all Retrobikers for your assistance